Post # 1
My wedding isn’t till May 8th 2010 but I’m planning ahead in case I need a plan B or C. For my center pieces I want tall Dogwood branches wrapped in fairy lights. I’m quite crafty and can do all the arranging/wrapping myself. I just need bunches of cream flowering dogwood branches.
Been calling florist about getting branches in May to see what’s available/cost & they are laughing at me, telling me I’m calling too early or I should just use artificial. I’d prefer to stay away from artificial.
On May 8th 2009, here in CT, the dogwoods were blooming like crazy. I’d love to just pay a neighbor and prune a tree but probably best to depend on a florist or wholesale vendor. I’m willing to travel to NY to pick up bundles if I can get them. Anyone have any resources I can call/email?
Thanks so much!!!
Post # 3
So weird…I want to do the EXACT centerpiece…my idea was to string crystals from the branches as well. I have been looking for fake branches in hopes they will be less expensive…my wedding isn’t until April 2011 but I LOVE the dogwood branches, I grew up in CT and they were all over our backyard! I hope you get some ideas from people, if I find anything I will send it your way!
Post # 4
Thank you so much Saruconn.
I look briefly at craft stores (Joannes & Michaels) & found their artificial Dogwood branches horrible. I emailed Nettles on Hollow,They suggested hot glueing fake flowers on real grass like branches…it’s ok still not what I’m looking for.
I contact Growersbox via email. It’s one of those wholesale online florist. Jon called me back, super nice. Can’t get me Dogwood but can get other live flowering branches in a white color. He went over the availability, when to call, different lengths available. But, said it’s too soon for pricing. I’m to call in March. So…that’s a possibility.
I had no clue this was going to be so tough. I swear come April, I’m going to offer some neighbors cash to prune their trees! It’s seems silly that I can’t drive to some big wholesaler and buy bunches in NY when i can see them growing out my front window!
Please keep me posted on your plans.
Post # 5
Must you have flowers on the dogwood branches? Here in Wisconsin, we don’t expect to see the flowers on the dogwood until late May, but . . . how about harvesting your branches early?
I’ve done this a few different times, with lots of fun — arrange the bare branches in vases filled with water, and leave them alone. They start sprouting leaves etc . . . this year the "harvest" took place Valentine’s Day and the leaves were beautiful by Easter. Actually, this year mine also began the process of blossoming also.
I would think you could begin experimenting with methods/ideas in early December. Use a couple buckets or practice vases and fill those up with different numbers, lengths, etc, of branches. Play around with your arrangements. By the time you need to make the final harvest for the actual wedding, you’ll be well-prepared … knowing exactly when to begin, how many you need, etc.
I’m a do-it-yourselfer and always happy to not spend the money if I don’t have to!
Post # 6
Ok, so I’m getting married in a place where dogwoods naturally grow (Yosemite) and my wedding coordinator told me it is VERY HARD to get real blooming dogwoods and they are very expensive (even in late may!)
If you’re totally deadset on the dogwoods, I’d say call a few more florists or otherwise invest in some time to check out all the fakes out there and find some that are sufficient.
Let us know what you end up doing!
Post # 7
We have been doing florals for next year this time also…. So much depends upon weather, the arrival of spring OR the lengthy winter weather.
We are still searching for that "right" centerpiece due to the frustrations, answers and issues you mentioned.
Cherry Blossoms seem to be the same.
Post # 8
How did anyone that did this turn out? Photos? Where did you all end up finding blooming dogwood branches from? I am wanting to do this in October in NC. HELP!